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president trump's emergency declaration. that now makes four members of the president's own party in the senate vowing to go against trump's move to fulfill his biggest campaign promise, building that wall along the southern border. this means the resolution of disapproval will most likely make it to the president's desk, where he has warned he will use his first presidential veto. let's check in with cnn's white house correspondent boris sanchez. hi there, boris. not really a huge surprise, but it is a blow to the president, isn't it? >> reporter: it is. it's largely a symbolic move, but nevertheless, it is notable that these republican lawmakers are splintering from the president. this is something that we saw coming potentially because republican lawmakers had warned the president both publicly and privately that there would be divisions within the party on his national emergency declaration. rand paul, the senator from kentucky, was giving a speech to some republican supporters last night, and he made clear he did not want to give the president unconstitutional powers.
he now joins three other republican lawmakers in lisa murkowski, susan collins, and tom tillis that are voting to block the president's declaration. i want to read to you some of what paul told supporters yesterday in bowling green. he said, quote, i can't vote to give the president the power to spend money that has not been appropriated by congress. we may want more money for border security, but congress did not authorize it. if we take away those checks and balances, it is a dangerous thing. so rand paul essentially making the case that we've heard from other republicans, that allowing president trump to move forward with his national emergency declaration would set a precedent for a potential democratic administration moving forward to do something similar. the president, though, has been asked about this before. he said that if any measure of that kind reached his desk, he'd veto it. listen to this. >> will i veto it? 100%. 100%. and i don't think it's about the veto.
we have too many smart people that want border security. i can't imagine. >> reporter: again, it's largely a symbolic move, but there is a lot of weight behind this considering how much president trump has pushed for funding for his border wall and how strongly he's fought to declare this national emergency. keep in mind it wasn't that long ago that we learned that senate majority leader mitch mcconnell came here to the white house to warn president trump not to do this because of what we're seeing now. the president decided to move forward anyway. to be clear, there's no indication yet as to exactly when the senate may vote on this measure. the house passed it on tuesday, and within the legal framework, the senate then has 18 days to have a vote. they still have about two weeks to go ahead and hold that vote. >> yeah, this vote is coming, along with the lawsuits. boris sanchez live at the white house. thanks so much. well, 2020 hopefuls are on the ground in selma, alabama, to mark the anniversary of bloody sunday. senators cory booker, bernie sanders, and sherrod brown are
all joining others like hillary clinton and reverend jesse jackson in marching across the edmund pettus bridge. 54 years ago this week peaceful protesters simply demanding the right for black people to vote were beaten and hosed by alabama state troopers as they attempted to cross the bridge. march 7th, 1965, a day which became known as bloody sunday. today sanders, booker, and clinton delivered message of concern about the future of our democracy. >> this is a time, my friends, when fundamental rights, civic virtue, freedom of the prez, the rule of law, truth, facts, and reason are under assault. >> it's our turn to demand that we end all voter suppression in this country. i want to see automatic voter registration in every state in
this country. >> i am proud to be here to remember our history, but i worry now that we are at a point in our country where we see a moral vandalism that is attacking our ideals and beliefs and eroding the dream of our nation. >> we begin with cnn political reporter rebecca buck on the 2020 hopefuls in selma. and boy, were they issuing a stark warning about today and how it looks like even the accomplishments from 1965 are in danger of -- well, they are under assault, as they're saying. >> reporter: that's right. that's certainly the message we are hearing at this march hear today. in some ways, this is so much a celebration of how far the country has come, but at the same time, a stark reminder of how far we have to go. that's certainly the latter part is the message we have been
hearing today from everyone from hillary clinton to cory booker, to bernie sanders, to sherrod brown, some of the people, lawmakers who have been speaking here in selma today. cory booker speaking in the historic brown chapel where martin luther king jr. gave sermons when he was here in selma, alabama, was saying from that same pulpit that the dream is in danger, that the dream of martin luther king is in danger of eroding in this era. so the very clear message from leaders here today is that the struggle continues. that is, of course, what this march signifies, as much as the celebration of this day and what it means in terms of how far the country has come. >> you absolutely have to face the sorering reality, even as we commemorate this day. rebecca buck, stand by. let's go to cnn's senior political reporter nia-malika
henderson. also joining me is michael eric dyson, author of "what truth sounds like." nia, let's start with you. i want to start personal. you were mentioning last hour being there, what it means to you. when you hear these messages, these concerns, stark warnings from the 2020 democratic hopefuls that our democracy is under attack, that voting rights, we're not seeing equal voting rights today, how does that make you feel? >> reporter: well, listen, i did talk personally about my own memories of the civil rights movement. both of my parents involved in the civil rights movement. they were in chicago, part of king's sort of last campaign, right, the poor people's campaign in chicago. dr. king often said that places like chicago and boston were much more difficult and segregated in some instances than in the south in those later years. my parents were in sort of those circles.
in watching, for instance, cory booker's announcement video, there's a clip of my father in that video marching next to martin luther king. he was about 21 years old, turned 21 probably about three or four weeks before that clip was taken. so as a kid growing up, i would often be watching stuff about the civil rights movement. my mom would say, oh, you might see your dad on these clips. you know, as a kid, you're sort of like rolling your eyes at your parents. but now as an adult, it often means so much to see my father. i've got to say, i'd never really been to selma. so as i'm driving up to the edmund pettus bridge here, the site of a massacre, really, and you think about 54 years ago, what happened there and the people's lives endangered, i got very choked up in seeing this scene. of course, there were marches after that, two marches after that, and a final successful one of which my father was a part of in march of 1965.
but listen, you talk to people around this march today, i just bumped into a man who said he was 16 in 1965, part of this march and then migrated to indiana because things wiere so bad. the message here today, particularly from these democratic candidates, is that there's still so much work to do in terms of expanding the ballot and in terms of ensuring civil rights and equality for all. >> really appreciate you telling us that personal point of vurie nia-malika. and michael, what goes through your mind as you watch these powerful images as this is being re-enacted? >> this is the price of american democracy. black blood being shed, american democracy being restored. the redemption of the nation often comes through the prism, practice, and protracted struggle of those on the ground whose feet are deeply entrenched in the mud, the muck, and mire
of our civilization. yet, from that mud, muck, and mire rises the great possibility of reclaiming the founding ideals of this nation. but they were sharply tested on that battleground. selma is one of the great battlegrounds for the soul of american democracy, indeed for the soul of america's future. when they were bloodied, when they were beat back, when the police showered them with invective and tremendous force, to beat them into the ground, but they sprung back up. they resurrected. when they marched again, against the police dogs ripping at their flesh. and these are police, officials of the state. segregation was a legal practice, even if immoral, of the american state. this is why the state bears such responsibility in redressing
what has come to us historically. this is why reparation, this is why affirmative action, this is why racial redress is so necessary now. because there's a long and invaliant history of america doing dastardly deeds to black people and to other citizens of this state. yet, those people did not return violence for violence. they did not return hate for hate. what they did was show america its future. and it was multicultural. reverend james reed, the unitarian minister, was murdered. so this woman, this man, these people, this was a multiracial, mu multicultural affront against the vicious and invidious forces
of racism in this country. if we're to be successful in our own day and age, we must do the same. when we hear a president amplifying the worst instincts of racism, by demonizing mexicans, and talking about people who are the other, when we see the otherizing of american citizens from the very bully pulpit that should be used to wield its authority to defend them, we must rise up again in these streets. that's what those people in selma remind us of. that's what cory booker and kamala harris and others running for the presidency remind us of. those people who are there, reverend mark thompson, sheila jackson lee, the congresswoman with reverend jesse jackson, and of course with secretary clinton, they are there joining arms, reminding us that the fight for democracy is not dead but alive, that the fight against voter suppression is real, the fight for returning the rights to the people is serious, and we must continue to do our part to make sure that the american pageantry is
continued and that the story of american democracy does not end. >> it is so sad and so sobering to have this conversation, but it is one that is needed to remind america that we are backsliding to these dark times and to remember, as you were saying, the african-american blood that was shed on that bridge just to have rights that seem to be under assault today. we're going to leave it there. we appreciate you joining us so much, michael eric dyson, along with nia-malika henderson. we're going to take a short break. back after this. every day at marco's, get 2 medium, 1-topping pizzas for just $6.99 each. because it takes two... to make a great everyday value. every store. every day. the italian way. hello primo. georgand a busy day ahead. george has entresto, a heart failure pill that helped keep people alive and out of the hospital. don't take entresto if pregnant; it can cause harm or death to an unborn baby.
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welcome back, everyone. another big story we are following today, national security adviser john bolton fiercely defending president trump's decision to walk out of that meeting with kim jong-un. he insists that despite both men leaving without a deal, the second summit was not a failure, and the possibility of a third summit could be on the table
depending on kim jong-un's next move. he also says the president laid out a clear offer and now they will wait and see. >> i think it was unquestionably a success for the united states because the president protected, defended american interests. you know, the possibility was there for north korea to make a big deal with us, to do complete denuclearization in exchange for the potential for a very bright economic future. the president wanted to make that big deal. he pushed very hard for it. the north koreans were not willing to walk through the door that he opened for them. so now we'll see what happens. if you can't get a good deal and the president offered north korea the best deal it could possibly get, no deal is better than a bad deal. >> joining me now, gordon chang, author of "nuclear showdown: north korea takes on the world," and douglas brinkley, cnn's presidenti presidential historian. president trump just tweeted this. the reason i do not want
military drills with south korea is to save hundreds of millions of dollars for the u.s. for which we are not reimbursed. that was my position long before i became president. also, reducing tensions with north korea at this time is a good thing. gordon, foiirst to you. clearly that will reduce tensions because north korea sees these joint military deals as a precursor to an invasion. and he also got a second face-to-face meeting with the u.s. president. what's your reaction to the outcome or lack thereof of this summit and the fact that the u.s. is now ending these large-scale joint military exercises with seoul? >> well, on the exercises, we got to remember that at this time, the north koreans are involved in their winter training cycle, which is this massive exercise in order to prepare for an invasion of south korea because this month the ground conditions are best for an invasion. you know, we need our large-scale military exercises to maintain our readiness. if we don't have readiness, we're inviting the north koreans to think about invading the
south. i don't think they would do that, but nonetheless, this is not a good move on the part of the president. we have a military which is expensive for a reason. as for walking out of hanoi, yeah, that was the right thing to do in these particular circumstances. we're sending a message to the north koreans, but we're also sending a message to china, that we're willing to walk out on trade negotiations if the chinese are not talking to us in good faith. so far, i don't think the chinese have been talking in good faith. so this was a very good thing for the united states. >> we do want to make clear u.s. defense officials did say they believe they can achieve the necessary training needs in this matter. >> that's not true. >> i just want to say what the other side is saying. to you, douglas, i want you to listen to what john bolton had to say about the otto warmbier controversy when pruesident trup was saying i take kim jong-un at his word when he was saying he didn't know how otto warmbier was being treated.
take a listen. >> look, the president made it very clear he considers what happened to otto warmbier an act of brutality that's completely unacceptable to the american side. i've heard him before the summit itself, before the press conference talk about how deeply he cared about otto warmbier and his family. >> do you take kim jong-un at his word? >> the president takes him as his word. >> i know he does, but what about you? >> my opinion doesn't matter. my opinion is that -- >> you're the national security adviser to the president. i think it matters quite a bit. >> i'm not the national security decision maker. that's his view. >> i don't know what expert on north korea who thinks that anything could have happened to otto warmbier without kim jong-un knowing about it ahead of time. do you disagree? >> good for them. >> all right. douglas, your reaction. i mean, his opinion does matter. he's a national security adviser, meaning he advises the president. >> well, i think bolton is embarrassed that donald trump
grovels whenever he goes to north korea. he's turned this into kind of a spectacle and a reality show, these summits. he doesn't get much out of them. it is great that donald trump's willing to talk with north korea, but you don't want to be capitulating and giving in, confusing the world. imagine what south korea is thinking about. it's been such a roller coaster ride. first he's rocket man. now i'm in love with him. now we're not going to have our joint large-scale spring military exercises, but then we might. it's this schizophrenic foreign policy going on with north korea. the good news is we're averting war. north korea and the united states are talking. but i'm worried that donald trump is being hoodwinked by trusting anything to do with north korea. >> very good point. and gordon chang, back to what the president said. it was extraordinary to hear a u.s. president say i take the
north korean murderous dictator at his word when he says he doesn't know what happened to otto warmbier when he came back to the u.s. brain dead. and at cpac, trump brought up the north korea talks. he defended what he said about otto warmbier, saying there's a very, very delicate balance when it comes to nuclear negotiations. is it really a delicate balance? it doesn't seem like there was any balance. he just went one extreme direction and said, i believe kim jong-un. >> you know, this whole notion of a delicate balance, this notion of trying to develop a friendship with the north korean leader, this is consistent american foreign policy over the course of administrations, republicans and democrats. and it's wrong. this notion of how you work with north korea, you know, has failed administration after administration. we ought to try something new. they know they're very sensitive about human rights. when we don't raise human right, they think we're afraid of them. when they they we're afridaid o
them, they then press the advantage. kim jong-un is in a regime where he cannot reciprocate gestures of friendship. it doesn't matter whether he likes trump or not. he has to act according to logic of that regime. we should start learning that because we're talking to the north koreans. we should think. we should not be mirror imaging, which is what we're doing right now with the north koreans and have done so for a long time. >> quickly, two to you. first about north korea before we go to selma, because i know you were there yesterday, douglas. the question is what's next? there's talk from john bolton about a third summit. doesn't seem likely to me, but what would the point be of that if nothing came out of summit number two? and could the trump administration, especially with john bolton being the national security adviser, a hawk who's not looking favorably at diplomacy with north korea, could the trump administration return to hardline tactics and rhetoric with north korea?
>> i think trump is obsessed with barack obama and the fact that obama told him north korea was the thorniest problem in the world. donald trump wants to solve the north korea problem. unfortunately, he hasn't educated himself properly on what's occurred there since the armistice of 1953. he doesn't really understand the nuances of the deal making, dealing with a thuggish regime like north korea. so he's constantly, i think, trying to get tv coverage, holding a big summit. very likely, there will be a third summit, but the thought that this is going to be a denuclearized korean peninsula in the coming years while trump's president seems very remote. >> yeah. douglas brinkley, gordon chang, appreciate you both. before we go, douglas, i know you were in selma yesterday. i want to show you these live pictures. really just powerful images of this re-enactment on edmund pettus bridge.
you were there. there was a bipartisan show of support for this 54th anniversary. tell us more about it. >> well, john lewis, the hero of the civil rights movement, every year goes on pilgrimages. i was with him yesterday. it was at edmund pettus bridge. it's called faith in politics. what was interesting is trying to reconcile our great divide, lewis has democrats and republicans come to selma. so there was another group yesterday on the bridge. it was a little more faith based, a little more praying, a little more, you know, a little less political theater than you're getting today. but john lewis is the one who's made bloody sunday what it is, this sort of -- that bridge is hallowed american ground. it's a battlefield we need to treat with respect. it's become the ground zero for the voting rights movement, and the national parks service runs
a great museum. every american should go to selma. it's a trip back in time, but it's also rel vanevant now beca we need to register more people to vote. >> it's absolutely relevant now. douglas brinkley and gordon c j chang, we appreciate you both. we're going to take a short break. ♪ let me be by myself ♪ in the evenin' breeze, ♪ listen to the murmur of the tall concrete, ♪ ♪ send me off forever, but i ask you please ♪ ♪ don't fence me in. special offers available at your local mini dealer. at air wick, we know that in nature, scent comes in waves... gently and beautifully... air wick essential mist is an expression of nature. transforming natural essential oils into a fragrant mist.
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possible obstruction of justice, corruption, and abuse of power. some of those being targeted include some officials at trump's businesses and several members of the president's family, including donald trump jr. >> do you think the president obstructed justice? >> yes, i do. >> if that's -- >> it's very clear the president obstructed justice. it's very clear. 1100 times he referred to the mueller investigation as a witch hunt. he tried to -- he fired -- he tried to protect flynn from being investigated by the fbi. he fired comey in order to stop the russian thing, as he told nbc news. he's dangled -- he's intimidated witnesses in public. >> meantime, president trump is claiming he is innocent, tweeting today, i am an innocent man being persecuted by some very bad, conflicted, and corrupt people in a witch hunt that's illegal and should never have been allowed to start, and only because i won the election.
with me now is ron brownstein, senior editor for the atlantic and cnn senior political analyst, and margaret tolev, a cnn political analyst. thank you for joining me. ron, just getting your reaction to congressman nadley, what you heard there, saying michael cohen's testimony implicated the president in various crimes. he said it was clear there was obstruction by the president. does this take the investigation to a whole new legal and political level for the president? >> well, look, i think there are several things that emerged from what congressman nadler said. obviously michael cohen left a big trail of bread crumbs on a variety of matters, some of which he did not even specify. it's no surprise that democrats are going to be very aggressive in following up on all of the individuals that he kind of raised in his testimony. second, it's noteworthy that chairman nadler talking about
bringing so many individuals in for questioning. we could see a real divergence here between the democrats' ability to bring in people from the private sector life of donald trump and the struggle they will face overcoming claims of executive privilege for the information they want from the white house itself. that seems to be heading directly toward court. then the third thing i would say, real quick, is that congressman nadler is balancing on a tight rope. he's repeatedly said that the president has committed offenses, and he talked about the hush money payments as well. what he has not gone to is whether those offenses justify impeachment, which is something i think democrats are ambivalent about, but it is worth noting if he's saying the president obstructed justice, that was a central plank in the impeachment of both richard nixon and bill clinton over the past 50 years. >> okay. so we'll see what happens next and where the political will is. margaret, congressman nadler also said his committee plans to request documents from dozens of people in the trump administration and his family business. it seems democrats are going to
cross that red line the president warned about and look into his business dealings and much more. for president trump, it's hey, welcome to democratic oversight. >> well, that's true. and they've known for months that this or some version of this could be coming. you might want to know, i want to know what's the white house going to do, how they're going to respond. thus far, they've been pretty silent about how they will actually react, kind of deferring, saying let's wait and see when this list arrives and we'll comment. so how will they proceed, what will they agree to, not agree to. i think ron is right that when you get to the number 60, you're talking about a lot of people, some inside government, many outside government, casting a pretty wide net. that's just jerry nadler's committee. there's also the house intelligence committee. we're waiting for a big one in mid-march. so i think the president is kind of in it now. he's buckling up for a long,
bumpy spring. so is his team. they've attempted to staff up in the counsel's office in terms of how they handle communications about this stuff. but that cohen hearing which took place while the president was in vietnam trying to deal with the kim summit has left a lot of repercussions. >> it sure was a remarkable split screen moment. ron, i want to talk to you about the cpac speech. we can't unpack all of it because there was so much the president hit on, over two hours. he did criticize the media. we've heard this line of attack where he said, look, i was just joking when i said this, but the media is now taking my comments too seriously. he was saying he was joking when he asked russia to find hillary clinton's missing e-mails, but we want to show you some previous comments that seem to contradict those claims that he was being sarcastic or joking. take a listen. >> if you tell a joke, if you're sarcastic, if you're having fun with the audience, if you're on
live television with millions of people and 25,000 people in an arena, and if you say something like, russia, please, if you can, get us hillary clinton's e-mails. please, russia, please. she gets subpoenaed and she gets rid of 33,000 e-mails. that gives me a problem. now, if russia or china or any other country has those e-mails, i mean, to be honest, i'd love to see them. >> okay. so he said he's being honest there. clearly it doesn't sound like trump was joking. we should mention cohen was testifying last week that, you know, he was saying that trump knew ahead of time of this wikileaks hack. >> yes. yeah, well, look, this is not new for the president, to try to retroactively rewrite history. of course, it's on tape. he has often denied things that he has tweeted about, you know. can i just is a that i think there were thousands of words in this speech, and it veered in all sorts of direction from kind of self-pity and aggrandizement
and a free association, but i actually thought it gave you a pretty concentrated version of how he intends to run in 2020. it really comes down to three words that he said at one point, i'll protect you. he was talking specifically about the second amendment at that point, but what the president did in that speech is what he does so often. he tells his core supporters that they are under siege, which is another phrase he used during the speech from an array of interests, from immigrants, elites, and i will protect you, i will hold back the changes you find threatening. and democrats are kind of the embodiment of all of that. he called them radical, socialist, and so forth. and that kind of argument that he is in effect, as i said yesterday, a human wall against the changes that his supporters view as threatening, i think, is the core of his argument, and it emerged amid all of the zigs and zags of that fidel castro-esque
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welcome back. democratic senator bernie sanders is already on the campaign trail for his second run for the white house. sanders holding rallies in brooklyn yesterday, then selma, alabama, this morning. and later this evening, he'll be in chicago. his supporters are hearing something new. they're hearing about his parents, his childhood, where he came from, and who he is. cnn's ryan nobles with more. >> reporter: for bernie sanders, there are many aspects to his 2020 campaign that are different. the most obvious change, a new
human touch. >> i know where i came from. >> reporter: but what remains is the devotion to the issues he cares about. >> a government which works for all of us, not just the 1%. >> reporter: a devotion now inspired by his upbringing and on full display at his boyhood home in brooklyn. >> my mother's dream was that sh some day our family would move out of that rent-controlled apartment to a home of our own. that dream was never fulfilled. >> reporter: sanders will continue that personal pitch in chicago, where he graduated college and cut his teeth in political activism. but this morning the remnants of the 2016 campaign were on full display. sanders and his former opponent hillary clinton briefly crossed paths in selma, alabama, at a civil rights breakfast where she
was being honored. >> let me congratulate secretary clinton on the award she is about to receive. >> reporter: clinton, sharing a hug with senator cory booker, another 2020 candidate, as sanders spoke. their short interaction stood in contrast to her warmly greeting others, a reminder that try as he might to move on, sanders still needs to reconcile where he stands with clinton and her powerful base of support. >> she didn't reach out to working class people in the way i think she should have. there were states where she did not campaign as vigorously as she should have. >> reporter: some clinton supporters still blame bernie for bruising clinton prior to the general election. >> to this day, i still believe that he would have beaten donald trump. >> reporter: and his fired up supporters believe any lingering issues between the sanders camp and the clinton camp are immaterial to the grand 2020 goal. >> you can blame bernie sanders all you want, but we're still here. >> reporter: but while clinton did not win the election, she still received more votes than any candidate in history, and
her base of support will be difficult to ignore. several 2020 candidates have called on her for advice and in search of support. sanders is not one of them. >> look, we have differences. hillary has played a very important role in modern american politics. >> but you're not interested in any advice from her? >> i think not. >> reporter: but as he moves from insurgent to favorite, finding a way to bring the clinton voter into the fold may be his most difficult challenge. and the fact that bernie sanders is going to start his campaign in cities like brooklyn, here in chicago, and that visit to alabama this morning, really demonstrates how things are going to be different in 2020 than they were four years ago, sanders attempting to expand his base by reaching out to african-american voters and specifically talking about his personal story. but make no mistake. there will be a heavy influence on those early states, and sanders is set to make his first trip to iowa next week, holding three events in three different cities over three days. >> it is a clear change in
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it is a family that has given america one senator, two governors, two first ladies, and two presidents. the all-new cnn original series "the bush years: family, duty, power" takes us inside the iconic bush family. >> i would like to introduce you to my family. the fact is i'd be nothing without them. our four sons, our daughter, my own barbara bush. >> i think it's hard to imagine any family that have been more significant to american politics. >> i can hear you! and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us too. >> bush family going back generations believe in public service and helping their fellow man. >> people refer to the bush
family as a dynasty. that's what it is, and that's what it was. >> i'm running for president of the united states. there's no turning back, and i intend to be the next president of the united states. >> that's my boy. >> all right. joining us now is cnn contributor kate anderson brouwer. she's also the out author of "first women: the grace and power of america's modern first ladies." when people think of the bush family, they usually think of the men who were in office, but there are two first ladies in this dynasty. that would be barbara bush and laura bush. how did each of them approach their roles? >> well, i mean, barbara bush was kind of this wonderful grandmotherly like maternal character with a great sense of humor, would always joke about wearing fake pearls, and just kind of this biting wit. and laura bush was more formal, but they were both incredibly devoted to their husbands. they both went out and
campaigned a lot for their husbands, and their approval ratings were the highest we've had of any modern first ladies. they really took the job very seriously, and they tended to stay away from criticism of their husbands and took on literacy as their issue, which is really interesting. so something that wasn't too controversial. they're very powerful women, very important women in this family. it's a fascinating documentary because the legacy of this family is this american dynasty, really, even though they didn't like the term dynasty and still don't. they really are the closest thing we have to royalty. >> well, first ladies have both public and private roles. while neither barbara nor laura, they didn't have young children in the white house, but they did have families still to care for. >> they did, and they were very protective of their children. barbara bush, you know, was the silver fox, and she would do
anything for her kids. the same with laura bush. there was kind of this wonderful camaraderie among former first ladies. i think that michelle obama is part of that too. you could see it with laura bush and barbara bush, where laura bush told me there hasn't been a first lady since louisa adams who was able to get advice from her mother-in-law about what it was like to live in the white house, which i think is an incredible thing in our history, that we had a woman who got to see her husband and her son become president. >> can you imagine? yeah, fascinating stuff. kate anderson brouwer, appreciate you joining us. thanks so much. >> thank you. >> you can watch "the bush years: family, duty, power" premiering tonight at 9:00 eastern only here on cnn. well, this week we reveal our first cnn hero of 2019, but before we do, an update on last year's hero of the year. >> ladies and gentlemen, the 2018 cnn hero of the year is --
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you're live in the cnn newsroom. i'm ana cabrera in new york. great to have you with us. one of the most powerful members of congress, the head of the house judiciary committee, said today he believes president trump committed a federal crime. new york democrat jerry nadler says his committee will in just a few hours start collecting material to present a case of obstruction of justice, of corruption, and of abuse of power against the president. >> do you think the president obstructed justice? >> yes, i do. >> if that's -- >> it's very clear the president obstructed justice. it's very clear. 1100 times he referred to the mueller investigation as a witch hunt. he tried to -- he fired -- he tried to protect flynn from being investigated by the fbi. he fired comey in order to stop the russian thing, as he told nbc news. he's dangled -- he's intimidated witnesses in public. >> nadler says his committee